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Thread: Win2K and a second hard drive

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    Win2K and a second hard drive

    Here's my situation.
    The house computer ran Win98se. I wanted to upgrade as I know support for Win98 is slowly dwindling. So, I took out the win98 drive and put it aside. I then installed a brand new drive and installed Win2K on it, with no problem. Now, I put the old drive back in, and rebooted. No matter where I put the drive; slave on the Primary, or slave on the secondary, it boots first - hence booting into Win98.

    What I want is to boot Win2K (which is the master on the Primary IDE) and just be able to access files from the old Win98 disk.

    I've googled for Win2K and two hard drives, but the results that come back refer to dual-booting. And I really don't want that, I just want to be able to read off the second hard drive.

    Any thoughts? Did I miss something? BIOS? (Though I poked around, and it looked correct.) I must have missed something somewhere, because logically this seems easy.

    Thanks.

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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    Are the jumpers set correctly for both drives?

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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    Yep.
    Win2K drive on the Primary IDE cable is set to Master, with slave present.

    Win98se drive is set to slave.


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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    This is pretty odd. Maybe if you can check the boot.ini file on the 2K drive or check W98 root directory for a boot.ini file, to see if any mention of Win98 is listed and comment it out.

    So I guess W98 is the C: drive and if 2K is ntfs, you can't see it using 98?

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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    Have you ckecked your BIOS?

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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    I think you need to boot to dos and use Fdisk to remove the Active flag from the win98 partition.

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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    You can remove active flags using disk manager
    My Computer(right click)->Manage->Disk Management

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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    [quote author=Countach44 link=board=25;threadid=9589;start=0#msg87264 date=1091024660]
    You can remove active flags using disk manager
    My Computer(right click)->Manage->Disk Management
    [/quote]
    He can't boot to W2K while the second drive is attached...

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    Re:Win2K and a second hard drive

    You guys are great!

    Thanks.

    I jumped into BIOS and changed the boot order to HD2, and voila, Win2K booted perfectly. My bios had a list of many things I could boot from, I was just expecting cdrom, floppy, and hard drive.

    Thanks again.

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